April 16, 2019

Impactful, acting with purpose, visionary

Impactful, acting with purpose, visionary; these are the character traits I most strongly associate with Peter having worked with him for the last several years through Board Committees and the Strategic Council. Peter’s approach to leading is to bring every architect’s voice into play. He helped develop numerous programs and ideas as part of the Public Outreach Committee which are aimed …

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March 4, 2019

Work Life Balance

Candidates for the office of the President of the AIA are often asked how they plan to dedicate a year of their lives to serving the Institute at this level. I’ve asked myself this question. I spend one third of my life in practice with Architecture Is Fun. I spend another third teaching, and mentoring the next generation of architects. …

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February 11, 2019

On Mentoring

Dedicated to helping the next generation of architects, I’m committed to mentorship in practice and the academy.  My firm, Architecture Is Fun, has been an incubator and launchpad for many young professionals for a quarter century.  Similarly, I have been an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for more than 25 years teaching freshman students through …

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February 5, 2019

Talking About Peter

Peter’s style is positive and generous. He understands the value in diverse individuals.  ~ Anne KoshalekUrban Planner, NorwayFormer Student [Peter has] sought out and filled so many voids; championing and designing for children, teaching, serving the AIA at the highest levels, writing/publishing, and oh yeah, [evangelist for] the world wide sensation PechaKucha. ~ Dan Wheeler, FAIAPrincipal, Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago …

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February 5, 2019

Everyone. At the table.

The quality of architecture correlates with the quality of life in our communities. Our practices need to mirror the communities in which we all work, and we need to work with all communities. At A’17, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged us to be mentors, and to set an example… “You can’t be an architect, if you don’t know what an …

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